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|Charles Olivieri-Munroe Review|
C.Olivieri-Munroe & Nordwestdeutsch Philharmonie
Die Glocke 6.6.2009
Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe, with vibrant energy and charisma lead the orchestra [Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie] to top performance. Rich in gesture, he brought out the polyphonic textures of the work and a wonderful clarity in the resultant sound. The winds played with extraordinary power and fullness, while their solo playing shined with charm. One could sense that there was good communication between conductor and orchestra. Charles Olivieri-Munroe developed the whole range of lyrical and dramatic effects in his reading of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. He was a usical mediator of convincing sympathy.
Lippische Landeszeitung 6.6.2009
Charles Olivieri-Munroe provided violinist Boris Brovtsyn a brilliant bridge between to the orchestra. Fully attentive and unpretentious, he managed to merge in a truly exceptional way soloist and orchestra in this gripping performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto. The Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie flourished in Beethoven's "Eroica". Demonstrating a very fine and sensitive baton technique he created at poignant moments exceptional tension and excitement.
The evening's concert was noteworthy particularly for the conductor, Charles Olivieri-Munroe who jumped in at the last minute. Impressive was the harmonization he achieved in the orchestra's [Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie] performance. The "Eroica's" first movement was immediately launched with passionate energy at the same time maintaining a remarkable lightness. Introvert passages where contrasted well with extrovert episodes. A fiery finale was followed by a strong and extensive applause from the audience.
Neue Westfalische 7.6.2009
The musicians of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie were clearly motivated by their precise and energetic guest conductor, Charles Olivieri-Munroe. The young Canadian who was a last minute replacement had the absolute respect of the orchestra. He gave us a revolutionary and explosive "Eroica".
"wie eine mischung aus Furtwangler und jungem Karajan"
"The leitmotif of the concert was clarity of sound. Convincing was its beauty and elegance which the young Canadian conductor, Charles Olivieri-Munroe elicited from the Philharmonic and how effectively he transformed lyricism to enormous passion in Tchaikovsky's First Symphony 'Winter Dreams'."
Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, 2006
" ...a specialist in Czech repertoire. This was quickly evident in the superior performance of Smetana's Sarka. This was the cream of the concert in purely performance terms, the Calgary Philharmonic performing with coiled energy and gracious lyricism as the music demanded. The CPO responded well to Olivieri-Munroe's clear and efficient conducting, the musical texture transparent and well balanced."
Calgary Herald, 2005
" Olivieri-Munroe proved a spirited, engaging and even charismatic conductor. A committed romanticist, he was fully attentive to coloristic and dramatic opportunities, and his fine sense of line seemed always guided by an equally fine sense of structure."
San Antonio Express, July 2005
" ...wie eine mischung aus Furtwangler und jungem Karajan"
Sudewestdeutsche Zeitung, 2004
" An excellent showcase for Olivieri-Munroe's accomplished conducting style. Of all the guest conductors I have seen this year, this natural leader put on the most engaging podium performance."
Edmonton Journal, Jan 2004
" The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra once again proved that under strong and inspirational leadership it is able to flourish. Precisely that type of leadership was demonstrated with distinct gestures clearly expressing the inner workings of the music led by the young Canadian conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe."
Prague Lidovy Noviny, 2004
" Charles Olivieri-Munroe showed off a broad, smooth expressive style with wonderful shaping of contrasts and punching up of rythmic elements... In fact he so energized the musicians of the TSO that this reviewer hopes he makes many many return visits. The overall effect was the sonic equivalent of watching one's first DVD after years of mediocre VHS cassettes. The orchestra was crisp and balanced with memorable verve."
Toronto Star, 2003
" Olivieri-Munroe proved to be an abvious candidate for the position of chief conductor for the Holland Symfonia: he conducts in a competent and authoritative way, with elegant, suggestive, original and effective gestures. The well played varied and ambiguous music by Shostakovitch sounded the way it should: exciting and virtuosic, but also mature."
NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands national newspapers), Kasper Jansen 2002
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